Welcome back, Garage Fam. I’m coming to you from the Heart of America as I write this NASCAR DFS article for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series CRC Breakleen 150 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday morning.
The Garage Guys will be off the road for a couple weeks, so for all the degenerate alcoholics and sports bettors who may be attending the races this weekend, pour one out for Dale.
Four NASCAR races in one weekend is a win-win for all parties involved, and we get to start it off with #TruckMorningInAmerica.
How about #WakeUpWithTrucks? Love that one. Just came up with that on the spot. That’s why I’m the greatest.
Except for last weekend: I had my worst Trucks weekend of the year at Nashville Superspeedway. It’s over with; in the past. Moving on.
Petitioning to move to the Fairgrounds next time around.
Let’s dig into some nuggets for the weekend.
Kyle Busch Motorsports has won 5 of the last 6 races at Pocono, but just dropped the last race at Nashville in what was their weakest performance all year, collectively. Ryan Preece and DGR have emerged as front-runners to challenge the KBM camp.
Preece won in a shocker at Nashville last weekend in his first career start. The speed that DGR has shown over the course of the season has been outstanding. Teammate Todd Gilliland, who is on quite a tear this year, finished 2nd to make it a DGR 1-2 finish.
Gilliland starts from the pole on Saturday, making him somewhat of a risky play on the DFS side. The number of pit road penalties the #38 team has suffered this season is absurd and could easily derail their day at at track like Pocono.
The worst starting spot a driver has ever won from at Pocono in the NCWTS is 10th. Brandon Jones was the guy and accomplished this last year driving the KBM #51 in a very wild race.
KFB pilots that #51 this weekend and will start 22nd.
Track position is very important here, but so is pure speed. With the stage breaks I just wouldn’t stress KFB starting as far back as he is. KBM has the speed to win almost every race on the schedule and KFB is on an absolute tear right now.
Let’s get right into it.
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Kyle Busch: #51 KBM Toyota – $15,000
The price tag is hefty, but it’s validated. KFB is on a heater right now when it comes to the lower-tier series, and KBM is dominant at Pocono.
Find a way to get KFB into your lineups. He’s chalk.
Derek Kraus: #19 McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Toyota – $6,500
It blows my mind how much speed this team has. They are so capable and so fast.
Derek: Please- PLEASE STOP WRECKING.
If Kraus can *please* keep all the wheels on his truck and do his job, this team will run Top 10 on Saturday. They have the capabilities to compete with the big dogs.
Kraus ran 10th at Pocono last year and his speed at the intermediates has been super competitive. I love the value in this play as Derek starts 24th on Saturday.
Chandler Smith: #18 KBM Toyota – $7,800
I love the speed that Smith had at Nashville last weekend. If not for a bad late-race restart, he would’ve likely notched his third consecutive Top 10 finish after leading 48 laps. Smith is also getting extra seat time in the ARCA race on Friday.
I love KBM this weekend, and I have believed in this kid’s ability for quite some time. I think Smith will move to the front and finish in the Top 5. Watch out for Smith as a darkhorse to win or run Top 3.
Ryan Preece: #17 DGR Toyota – $9,800
I think I’m sold on the DGR camp and on Ryan Preece.
I don’t care what anybody says: it is insanely impressive to jump in a series for the first time and win. That’s what Preece did last weekend.
Look; the DGR camp has been fast all year. There’s just been a constant inability to finish races from the DGR teams since it’s inception in the series.
Those demons are starting to disappear as the organization has won two races this season and is emerging as a legitimate threat to KBM in 2021.